Lady Lions roar over Tigerettes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Sydney Solomon (15) grabs a tough rebound and scores versus Columbia Central. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigerettes travelled to Columbia Central Friday night and ran into a red-hot Lady Lions squad that sped off to a 77-47 coast-to-coast win over Lewisburg.

Columbia's Micayla Timmons filled up the nets with a career-high 30 points, including a trio of third quarter 3-pointers that squelched a potential MCHS comeback attempt.

Timmons opened the contest with a pair of fast break baskets and Tamijah Kinzer added a 3-pointer before the Tigerettes finally got on the board via a Leah Hollingsworth three-bomb with 5:05 to play in the first quarter.

Columbia came to the court with the intent of pressing the young Tigerettes into making turnovers and it was successful as the Lady Lions scored seven more points off the defensive end to take a 14-3 lead.

Sydney Solomon nailed one free throw for MCHS to end the run, but Timmons came up with a pair of steals over the next four possessions that led to four points for the Lady Lions until Alexis Ford ended the first period with a bucket in the paint for Lewisburg.

Morris hits shots

Columbia would increase their lead to 23-6 as they held MCHS scoreless until a technical foul sent Makiya Morris to the free throw line where she hit three out four attempts to make it a 23-9 contest.

After a Columbia missed shot, Morris scored again and then stole the ball and fed Tianda Hutton on a breakaway bucket, cutting the Columbia lead to 10 points.

Moments later, Morris drilled a 3-pointer to slice the margin to seven points before the Lady Lions tallied the final four points of the first half, giving Columbia a 27-16 lead.

Morris would nail a three-pointer to begin the second half, slicing the Columbia lead to seven points once again, but from there, the Lady Lions turned on the gas, speeding off on a 19-2 run that put MCHS in a deep 46-21 hole.

Tianda Hutton (32) races in for a fast break bucket for the Tigerettes, who lost 77-47 to the Lady Lions Friday night.

Speeding away

Columbia kept running and gunning and took a 58-33 lead into the final period of play.

As the fourth period progressed, the Lady Lions built their lead to as many as 33 points and took the win over the Tigerettes, who will be looking to break into the win column this week when they host Overton High School on Tuesday before taking on Hampshire, Cornersville, and Eagleville in the Forrest Thanksgiving Classic.

Morris led the Tigerettes in the scoring column with 15 points, while Solomon netted 12, Hollingsworth nailed three treys for nine points, Hutton ended up with six points, and Ford came up with five points.